2017 AASA/Sourcewell Mini-Grant Winners

The 2017 winners by AASA regions are: 

Region 1: 

Bethel School District (Spanaway, Wash.);

Superintendent: Thomas Seigel

Hydaburg City School District (Hydaburg, Alaska);

Superintendent: Lauren Burch

 Milpitas Unified School District (Milpitas, Calif.);

 Superintendent: Cheryl Jordan

 "Having these extra funds to provide for emergency needs for families has been a great help to us and is very much appreciated by MUSD. As we move into the new 2017-18 school year, we will see a spike in needs for our most vulnerable families."  

 Willamina School District (Willamina, Ore.);

 Superintendent: Carrie Zimbrick

 Region 2: 

 Creighton School District No. 14 (Phoenix, Ariz.)

 Superintendent: Donna W. Lewis

 El Dorado Public Schools-USD 490 (El Dorado, Kan.)

 Superintendent: Sue Givens

 Spring Independent School District (Houston, Texas)

 Superintendent: Rodney E. Watson

 Taos Municipal Schools (Taos, N.M.) 

 Superintendent: Lillian Torrez

taos ms "Winter coats were provided for high poverty and homeless children at Arroyos del Norte Elementary School in Taos Municipal Schools."  


 Region 3: 

 Bellevue Public Schools (Bellevue, Neb.);

 Superintendent: Jeff Rippe

 Crete Public Schools (Crete, Neb.);

 Superintendent: Mike Waters

 "Upon receiving the AASA/NJPA grant we were able to provide three students who are non-verbal with high-tech speech generating devices."
- Jennifer Dinan, CCC-SLP

 Ecorse Public Schools (Ecorse, Mich.);

 Superintendent: Thomas Parker

 Walker Hackensack Akeley School District (Walker, Minn.);

 Superintendent: Eric Pingrey

walker food pantry"The mini-grant contributes to our much-needed school food pantry, clothing closet and school supply shelf. This is an area that students can visit when they need food for the evening/weekend, regular and winter clothing or supplies for their schoolwork."  

 Region 4

 Cook County School District 130 (Blue Island, Ill.);

 Superintendent: Tina Halliman

 East Dubuque School District (East Dubuque, Ill.) 

 Superintendent: Tori Lindeman

 Grandview C-4 School District (Grandview, Mo.);

 Superintendent: Kenny Rodrequez

 Jennings School District (Jennings, Mo.);

 Superintendent: Art McCoy

 "Thank you very much for granting the Jennings School District the AASA/NJPA Helping Kids mini grant. The AASA/NJPA grant is greatly appreciated and will be put togreat use by providing much needed support to the homeless students in our district. Our goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for every student to have all of the necessities needed daily. Your generous donation will help make that possible."
- Art McCoy, superintendent, and Veronica Macklin, coordinator of counseling and social work.


  Region 5

 Cleveland School District (Cleveland, Miss.);

 Superintendent: Jacquelyn C. Thigpen 

 Colbert County Schools (Tuscumbia, Ala.);

 Superintendent: Gale Satchel 

"Our students have been greatly impacted by the AASA/NLPA grant! Through the grant received, our main focus was to provide weather appropriate clothing for our students in poverty and in need of support. We also used funding to provide vision care from a local eye center for students without insurance or financial stability."  

 Lexington City Schools (Lexington, N.C.);

 Superintendent: Richard Kriesky 

 Tarrant City Schools (Tarrant, Ala.);

 Superintendent: Shelly N. Mize


 Region 6

 Central Greene School District (Waynesburg, Pa.); 

Superintendent: Brian T. Uplinger

Ridley School District (Folsom, Pa.);

Superintendent: Lee Ann Wentzel

Roselle Public Schools (Roselle, N.J.); 

Superintendent: Kevin West

York Suburban School District (York, Pa.); 

Superintendent: Michele Merkle


 Region 7

 East Providence Public Schools (East Providence, R.I.);

 Superintendent: Kathryn Crowley 

east providence coats "The East Providence School Department again "Thanks" AASA/NJPA for funding the Warm Bodies and Bellies Grant that provided coats, hats, mittens, and food (soup, oatmeal and milk) for prekindergarten children and their families. We provided children with warm weather gear and set up and stocked a food pantry in our building."  

 Milford Public Schools (Milford, Conn.);

Superintendent: Kevin McIntyre

Maine School Administrative District #1 (Presque Isle, Maine);

Superintendent: Brian M. Carpenter

Newport Public Schools (Newport, R.I.);

Superintendent: Colleen Burns Jermain

Winners were recognized at AASA’s National Conference on Education. This annual grant program is open to all AASA and Sourcewell (formerly NJPA) members.

 If you have any questions, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org or call 703-875-0740